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Bishops appeal for change in report prepared for the first family synod

Study reports that there were 1.23 billion faithful worldwide at the end of 2012

In message for World Day of the Sick, Francis says time spent with the ill ‘is holy time’

Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal urges Indian prime minister Narendra Modi to intervene

More than a million people attended Francis’s 43 general audiences this year

Pontiff urges policy-makers to support larger families

Nine priests have been killed in Mexico in the past two years

Pope says St Stephen ‘offered as a gift his life in service for the poorest’

‘Truly there are so many tears this Christmas,’ says Pontiff, ‘together with the tears of the Infant Jesus’

Pontiff prays for children ‘abused and exploited under our eyes’ in Urbi et Orbi message